Bharti Airtel & TCS Unite to Build 5G Networks in India

The Telecom giant Airtel and IT leader TCS joined hands for building effective 5G solutions in the country. This union will help TCS to amplify its capability and scale and allow Airtel to minimize the cost of the deployment, as stated by experts.


The announcement of this partnership came across on June 21, which stated that implementation of 5G solutions would commence from January 2022.

Details about the union:

5G solutions has been developed by TCS using Open-Radio Access Network (O-RAN), a part of telecommunication architecture which resembles to open source in software. As it is not a proprietary, it can be used by any company to develop solutions thereby making it flexible and availing an opportunity to other companies to develop innovative solutions for the same.

Chandrasekaran, chairman, Tata Group during the TCS AGM on June 10, said, that “5G is new technology and TCS will play a significant role both in the development of firmware, which is required to develop the necessary technology (for 5G solutions). But most importantly, leveraging the 5G and create large number of applications in various sectors. This is an important growth area for TCS.”

Analysts have said that TCS’ O-RAN based solution is a unique capability which give Airtel a competitive advantage and further aid in minimizing the cost of 5G deployment in India. Moreover, this Union will also help TCS collab with other telecom companies with both the technology and implementation and Airtel will be able to save ample amount of time and money.

Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO, Bharti Airtel said, We are delighted to join forces with the Tata Group to make India a global hub for 5G and allied technologies. With its world-class technology ecosystem and talent pool, India is well positioned to build cutting edge solutions and applications for the world. This will also provide a massive boost to India becoming an innovation and manufacturing destination.

In the beginning of this year, Airtel emerged as the first telecom company in India to demonstrate 5G over its LIVE network in city of Hyderabad. It has also started 5G trials in major cities using spectrum allocated by the Department of Telecom.

Shares of Bharti Airtel and Tata Consultancy Services have seen a sharp rise after the telecom leader and TCS announced a strategic union for implementing 5G networks solutions across India.

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